ECON 7200 - Economic Principles (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2020

This is an introductory course in economics, which introduces students to the principles, concepts, data and analytical frameworks that economists use to understand the world around us. Students develop an understanding of how the economy works and how individuals, firms and governments make decisions and interact with one another in markets and other environments. The course also focuses on the ability of students to communicate about real-world issues and public policy debates through the lens of economics.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 7200
    Course Economic Principles (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Economics
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week. More if offered intensively
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible Introductory Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
    Restrictions Not available to PGCW Economics Programs
    Course Description This is an introductory course in economics, which introduces students to the principles, concepts, data and analytical frameworks that economists use to understand the world around us. Students develop an understanding of how the economy works and how individuals, firms and governments make decisions and interact with one another in markets and other environments. The course also focuses on the ability of students to communicate about real-world issues and public policy debates through the lens of economics.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Dodd

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the core concepts and tools of economics.
    2. Relate basic economic theory and principles to current economic issues and evaluate related public economic policies.
    3. Apply economic principles and reasoning to solving business problems.
    4. Interpret charts, graphs, and tables and use the information to make informed judgments.
    5. Communicate their knowledge and understanding of economic issues using written, verbal and visual expression.
    6. Critically reflect on the broader social consequences of economic decision making.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2,3,6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Hubbard, R.G., Garnett, A.M., Lewis, P., and O’Brien, A.P. 'Essentials of Economics' 4th Edition, Pearson.

    Paperback edition ISBN: 9781488616983
    Electronic versions are also available from the publisher.
    Online Learning
    This course makes use of MyUni for the posting of course materials, assessment tasks, and important announcements. It is expected that all students will regularly check the MyUni course website, and regularly check their university email accounts.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Each student is enrolled in one class session. These classes are three-hour long sessions (with breaks) that run each week for 12 weeks.

    Students are advised to prepare the topic of each class prior to attending the session, through the textbook and other resources available in advance on MyUni.

    Throughout each weekly class session, there will be a variety of teaching modes implemented. These will include lecture-style information delivery, practice exercises, and group discussions. Students will get the most out of these sessions if they prepare well in advance, and actively participate throughout the sessions.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This translates to 12 hours per week for this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1,2,3,4,5,6

    Note: This schedule is subject to change.

    Week Topic Textbook Reading
    1 Introduction / Choices and Trade-offs Chapters 1 & 2
    2 Demand and Supply Chapter 3
    3 Elasticity / Economic Efficiency Chapters 4 & 5
    4 Government Intervention in the Market Chapters 5 & 11
    5 Firms, Production and Costs Chapter 6
    6 Perfect Competition and Monopoly Chapters 7 & 8
    7 Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly Chapter 9
    8 GDP, Unemployment and Inflation Chapters 13 & 14
    9 Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply Chapter 15
    10 Money and Monetary Policy Chapters 16 & 17
    11 Fiscal Policy Chapter 18
    12 The Exchange Rate and International Trade Chapters 19 & 20
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Date / Week Weighting Length Learning Outcomes
    Weekly Assignments Weekly 25% 1-2 Pages 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Weekly Online Quizzes Weekly 10% 5 Questions 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Final Exam Exam Period 65% 3 hours 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Total 100%
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    The examination will now be an examination submitted through MyUni rather than an invigilated examination. Further details will be provided in due course
    Assessment Detail
    Weekly Assignments 25%
    Assignments will be due each week, and may contain a variety of formats including written responses and other activities. Details regarding the content, format, requirements and due dates for each assignment will be provided on MyUni, please refer there for further details.

    Weekly Online Quizzes 10%
    Multiple choice quizzes will be conducted online each week. See MyUni for further information regarding format, content, requirements and deadlines.

    Final exam 65%
    The final exam will be a 3-hour exam, plus 10 minutes reading time. This exam may assess all topics covered in the course. Details regarding the structure will be posted on MyUni. Please note that this is a closed book exam. Dictionaries of any type will not be allowed in the exam. Calculators will be allowed in the exam, but calculators that can store text, are programmable, or have wireless functions will not be permitted. This means graphics calculators are not permitted, and some particular scientific calculators may not be permitted.
    Submission
    Refer to MyUni for further instructions regarding submission.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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